- Choosing the Right Ladder for a project. Always review the directions on the ladder before use. And make sure you know your ladders weight limitations.
- Ladders need to be stable. Ensure your ladder has a good footing and stable points of contact for all legs of the ladder.
- 4 to 1 Rule. A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the resting surface for every four feet of the ladder height. For example, an eight foot ladder should extend two feet away from the resting surface.
- Think three! Maintain three points of contact with the ladder: two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot.
- Climb with Caution, never overreach or lean as this will shift the center of gravity.
Want to learn more about ladder safety? Below are three useful resources on ladder safety.
American Ladder Institute
OSHA Standard for portable ladders contains specific requirements designed to ensure worker safety
National Safety Council Injury Safe